Thursday, 17 April 2014

Many happy returns Meandering Shade!

2 years old... I even made a cake... Don't say I never give you anything ;p

I slaved away for seconds on that :)

Hi everybody, hope you're all doing well.

So, I've had my blog for 2 years now. . . Well colour me surprised, I didn't realise it had been that long.
I didn't post when the first anniversary arrived for my blog, because at the time I wasn't that sure whether I was even going to keep it.

But I left it alone for a while just in case I wanted to come back. And as you can tell.. I did!

Blogging is to me another of my little hobbies, it's a small one admittedly, but tied to my many other hobbies of miniature painting, wargaming board gaming and roleplaying.

I haven't used my blog to it's fullest potential yet, but it's starting to see more use than it has ever before. you can see in the Archive to the right that I've made more posts in the last 4 months than I did in the entirety of last year. And I'm hoping to keep that up. I've got a lot of my creative energy back and I'm really enjoying what I've been getting up to recently.

I'd like to finish off many of the projects I started some time ago, I have miniature projects that I started and left on a back burner, there are some RPG articles I've wanted to post, various boardgames I'd like to blog about, reviews on many of things I've just mentioned above. There's a lot i'd like to do, with a bit of luck I'll be able to start making good on these plans.

I've still got a dozen or more draft articles that were started about a year ago that I never got around to editing and posting. So I'm going to edit and clean some of them up to finally get published.

I may do a little redecorating of the blog too... You know... Just for the hell of it.
A bit of spring cleaning, a new lease of life.

I'd just like to thank everybody who has been along for the ride, your support is much appreciated and I hope I keep posting things that you find of interest.

I'm open to suggestions and critiques, if there is anything you'd like to see around here don't hesitate to drop a comment below.

Once again thanks, take care of yourselves everybody,

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Strangely quick progress on Grom the Paunch

Hey folks... I'm back with a quick update... Twice in one day eh?
Not a habit I'd like to keep up to I'd go mental...

I just thought I'd post a progress image up following from earlier, because I got more done than I actually thought I would... Which is nice :)

I've already completed the wolves and made headway on the chariot and wheels. I hope I can keep this pace up and get it completed for the weekend. Then I'll be good to go on whatever challenge gets announced.

Well that's it, just a little buzzing at getting things done again. Gonna go to bed now, I'm off for a day out with the kids tomorrow.

Thanks if you read this far, take care everybody. I'll post up again soon.

Rolling down from Misty Mountain. . .

Hi everyone,
I found I had a bit of hobby energy to burn and fancied doing something with it.
I went and had a look around my mountain of minis for something fun to play around with. And so I've decided to tackle a miniature that has been sat gathering dust for many, many years in my collection:

That's right, Warlord Grom "the Paunch" of Misty Mountain. This is has been one of my favourite characters ever since I began in the hobby. What's not to love about an extremely grumpy, violent and flatulent goblin with a permanent case of Troll-meat induced indigestion. The image of him racing around on his grand chariot pulled by wild, snapping wolves and his faithful (for a Goblin) Banna Waver Niblet the Night Goblin hanging on the back for dear life...

Aaah... well... It's about time I finally got around to the little guy.

So I've made a start. The miniature is all primed up and ready to go. In fact I'm already laying down my first colours I'm just writing this while they dry. I'm not going for the bright primary colours like on the box art, I'm going to keep it a little "realistic" in colour tones.

I'll post again when I've made some significant progress.

Until then, take care everyone,

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A little green tide...

Hello everyone, hope you're all keeping well.

As I mentioned back at the start of Ork Week, the first true army I collected and painted were Warhammer 40,000 2nd edition Space Orks and what happened to them. (actually I think I may have done my first Dark Angel Space Marines at the same time.... But I digress...)

The challenges I have taken part in over the last month have given me a bit of fpcus and I'm going to be bringing that army back to life. I may not work on it full time, but it is going to be one of my main side projects alongside any other hobby goodness I flit to like the aimless hobby butterfly that I am.

I promised you these recently, the images of my completed miniatures from Ork Week and Stuntie Week together:

First up we have the Mekboy and his assistants, my favourite of the bunch is the heavily overladen Gretchin at the back-right. I may still go back to the Shokk Attakk Gun itself and do something more with the globes, but I'm calling it done for the forseeable future.

Here we have the Painboy and his ""Orderliez" I like the two conversions I did for this group (syringe and tooth-puller), but I get a giggle out of the grot who administers the "Anasfetikk" read:hammer :)

And here is the Runtherder with his little mob of runts. The Gretchin with his eyes shut and finger in his ear and the little tough looking guy at the front wearing shades are without a doubt my stand out favourite sculpts from this range of miniatures. I wish there had been a lot more like them during the 2nd edition era, but alas it wasn't to be...

Last but not least we have the Ork Dreadnought, a clunky and ungainly looking device, but an awful lot of fun to play with. You can see it on the 60mm Lipped Base that I was awaiting in the post. This is the first time I've painted checks for going on, oh.... 15+ years... I'm not completely happy with them, but they're good enough for Orks I suppose. I think they turned out better on the Oddboyz than they did on the Dread' itself.

Here's a group shot of what is complete so far, I think it's a fun looking little group and I can't wait to expand it... After all.... It's not much of an Ork Waaargh with only 3/4 Orks in it. So some Boyz and Nobz will be next on the agenda.

I've also decided that I don't just want to stick them on an empty glass shelf in my cabinet, so I'm going to make a display board for them that fits one of the shelves. I sketched a handful of ideas to figure out what I would like to do.

the sketch ideas were:

  • wasteland/desert
  • outside an Ork settlement
  • ruined Imperial city
  • inside an Ork fort

I think a generic wasteland/desert look would go well with the bases that I have painted and will leave enough empty space for the figures to actually be displayed.

This isn't something I'm going to rush to do, I'll do it when I feel the urge and want to potter about with something other than miniatures.

Well, hope you enjoyed my little update. I'm going to relax alittle and see if I fancy getting on with some more hobby goodness later.

Take care evryone,

Monday, 14 April 2014

Stuntie Week - Part 03

Hey folks, this is where my Runts stood as of last night the final day of Stuntie Week!
I was just too knackered to post anything at the time.

They're not 100% finished, but they're not far off. I just have some of the small details (shrooms, squigs, lenses, teeth etc), some final highlights, the base edges and then they'll be done.
But I'm happy with getting them to this stage during the challenge week :)

Runtherdz' Assistants:

Mekboyz' Assistants:

Painboyz' Assistants:

I'm going to finish them off either today or tomorrow and then I'll post up a picture of them with the completed miniatures from Ork Week.

Thanks for looking and all the comments, I hope you enjoyed it.

Take care everyone,

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Chaos in the Old World - Board Game

Hi everybody,
I didn't get anything done today (Sat) for my Stuntie Week challenge because I had a delivery of something I've been after for some time and my gaming group decided that is what they wanted to play for the day.

Chaos in the old world is a board game based upon Warhammer Fantasy and  puts you in the role of one of the Gods of chaos. You use your daemonic minions to challenge the other gods' followers for domination of different locations on the map from Norsca, to the Badlands.

There are event cards that affect what is going on in the world as you clash, you summon and pit your minions in battle upon the territories on the map and play cards that have varying effects on the game. You can earn the chance to turn your threat counter that has other effects on the game including the chance to upgrade your followers, the more power you garner, the more powerful your daemonic legions become.

There are actually several different ways for the game to end and for each God to attain victory from simply garnering victory points in different ways, or some other event tied to that particular god on their threat wheel etc. The game kind of resembles Risk on a basic level, but with the addition of the events and modifying cards it really has it's own wonderful flavour.

We were also using the Horned Rat expansion which adds him as a 5th God and therefore a 5th player can join the game (I was playing the Horned Rat and I won this game :D).

I recommend this game whole heartedly. We can't wait to play it again soon. The game is fun and as with most Fantasy Flight products it looks amazing.

Anyway, that's enough rambling from me. I'm gonna try to sneak in a bit of painting before I go to bed.

Take care everybody,


Friday, 11 April 2014

Stuntie week - Part 02

Hi folks, here's my next little update on my Stuntie Week work.
I chose and prepared and based the figures that I would be using as my Runt assistants.
I did a little minor conversion/sculpting work here and there to make them fit with the Oddboy they were to be attending.

Prep Work:

These are the Runts that will be attending the Painboy, I converted one from a Mek assistant to look like he is collecting "down-payments" for from the Painboy's patients. Another I converted the shell he was carrying to look like an overlarge syringe.

These next ones will be attending th Runtherder, one is actuallyintended to be a squig oiler, but I think he works perfectly well as the treat-caddy. One of the Gretchin was converted to have his own grabba-stikk to keep the smaller runts in line.

The next were picked to attend the Mekboy, two look like they know the business end of the tools they're carrying, the other two are the overladen dog's-bodies.

Beginning The Paint:

I went back to the books when it came to the colour scheme for the Gretchin. I remembered a little tid-bit and reread it to refresh my memory. In Waaargh the Orks! in the clan description for the Goffs it states that the Runt slaves of the Goff clan are not permitted to wear black because it is only for proper 'ard Orks and so they tend to wear natural/neutral colours. They are however allowed to paint their faces black to show the clan ownership.

So with that in mind I first undercoated the miniatures with black primer and then gave them a light spray of a dark brown spray paint I had to hand. I used several brown shades and a little bone to paint different parts of the clothing. I also started the weathering of the metal areas at this point too.

This is where they are as of this evening:

So tomorrow it'll be highlights and painting the skin. If I get a good few hours in I may even get the bases done.

Well that's it for the moment, see you in Part 03.

Take care everybody :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Stuntie Week - Part 01

Hey folks, hope you're all doing well :)
So... Stuntie week is the next challenge following up from Ork Week. ChicoDaSatanic left this one a little more open to let more people take part.

So this challenge is about working on Dwarfs/Squats/Halflings/Goblins/Gretchin, plus probably anything else that fits into Stuntie as a category (ie, smaller than man-size).

I've decided that I'm going to work on some Runt assistants for the Oddboyz I did in Ork Week. So I'm preping these up at the minute.

I'm still considering working on some of the Dwarfs I have kicking around too. The right-most of three tubs up in the back of the picture has a unit of Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf Trollslayers that have been waiting for a lick of paint for a long time.

The left-most has a large selection of Dwarfs and Gnomes that I bought from Stonehaven Miniatures from their Kickstarter campaigns.

I'm leaning more toward the Stonehaven miniatures, just to paint up some unique and characterful figures.
I'll take some better pictures of them if/when I start work on them.

Well I'm actually feeling dog-tired right now, so I'm gonna keep prepping until I can't keep my eyes open.

I'll update as soon as I've made some significant progress.

Take care everyone,


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Tabletop Day! - April 5th 2014

Hi folks, it's tabletop day.
It also happens to fall on the day our gaming group gets together. So we're going to try to get a few boardgames in and enjoy the day!

I'm going to upload some of the highlights over the day, I'll just keep updating this post to keep it all in one place.

Game 01:

I decided to get a game in with my 2 youngest Rhiannon and Caine and thought it was the perfect opportunity to crack out the old Troll Games.
We decided to play Trolls in the Pantry.

My daughter Rhiannon won the first game of the day.

Game 02:

When the guys arrived they wanted a got at Trolls in the Pantry too :)

My friend Craig won that one

Game 03:

Two of my friends James and Wayne finally got in the game of Warhammer that has been put off by bad scheduling for ages.
Lizardmen vs. Ogre Kingdoms.

James' Lizardmen victory.

Game 04:

Craig, Carl and I had a game of Anima off to the side of the Warhammer battlefield...

Victory went to Carl.

Game 05:

For the last game of the night Jessica, Gregory, Carl, James and myself decided to play some classic Risk. It's been a long time for me but it was awesome fun!

I was yellow, Victory me!

And that's the end to a really fun day...

Take care everybody,


Friday, 4 April 2014

I was given a Liebster Award!

I must give my many thanks to ChicoDaSatanic over at oldhammer on a budget for nominating me to receive the Liebster Award. Click on the link to check out his blog and the other blogs that he nominated... Go on... Enjoy yourself with a bit of link-hopping... :)

Anyhoo... What is the Liebster award?
It is basically a little like a chain letter. you are nominated by a blogger and in turn nominate several other bloggers to partake in the steps and pass on the award.

The purpose?
To show a little bit of appreciation for some of the blogs that you follow and hopefully to send a little more traffic their way and get them a bigger audience and vice-versa. It's a share-the love kinda deal.

What do I have to do when nominated?
Well there are several variations I've seen going around the blog-sphere, but they're all pretty similar in approach. This one specifically I have to follow these steps:
  • Give 11 truths about myself.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to me by the blogger that gave me the nomination.
  • Tag and link to 11 bloggers to who may follow the same steps.
So... Let's get this shindig started...

11 Truths About Myself:

1. I have Dyslexia and mild Dyscalculia, I wasn't diagnosed until I was way into college about 5 years ago and the support staff said they couldn't help me because I'd trained my brain to work around the problems in new ways. Thus I tend to come at many things in different ways than most.

2. I have suffered from chronic depression probably since early adolescence and the last decade has been really rough, but I've kept on fighting it.

3. I am a really big vampire fan (in most media) and The Lost Boys is my favourite movie of all time. I just find it so easy to watch, or have on the background of whatever else I'm doing, it's always fun and I NEVER get bored of it. At the time of writing this I've probably watched it 20+ times this year alone.

4. I like to watch really bad horror movies, I mean low/no budget, wooden acting, badly scripted,  nonsensical bad. I just find them really entertaining and funny to watch.

5. I haven't worked for quite some time even tough I'd like to. I'm full time carer for my partner as she has many degenerative health problems and I've also been full time carer for my disabled Mother (who lives with us) since I was 12 years old. Throw 4 kids aged 4, 6, 12 and 14 into that mix and you see how full my time is.

6. I have a very eclectic taste in music... From Heavy Metal to Dance to Reggae to Punk to Classical to Gothic to 80's pop and bloody all sorts in between.

7. I believe Creativity and Escapism go pretty much hand in hand and have been very good for me, so I try to cultivate them as much as possible. Art, miniatures, wargaming, roleplaying, music, reading... all different ways to break out of my head and run away to Neverland.

8. I probably watch cartoons as much, if not more, than my children do.

9. I could not live in a world without Tea... Seriously... I'd probably burn it to the ground... *twitch*

10. I actually have qualifications in Horticulture and Agriculture. Skills that I have not used for a very, very long time.

11.  I scream like a girl when a spider comes near me.

11 Questions From ChicoDaSatanic:

1. How long have you been in this wonderful (Read: geeky) hobby?
I'm not sure exactly, the clearest memory I have is the release of Heroquest by GW/MB Games in 1989. But I'm sure that I knew about roleplay and wargaming earlier than that. But I use 1989 as my definite benchmark... So... 25 years... Ish.

2. Relating to the hobby what have you daydreamed about most?
I've always wanted to open and run my own gaming store, supplying wargaming and roleplaying products, with a large dedicated gaming space, that would be an awesome way to spend the rest of my days.

3. Out of every game system which gets you most excited?
Oooh... Tough one... Probably Warhammer 40,000 2nd ed for skirmish gaming. And in roleplay it would have to be Vampire the Masquerade, also 2nd ed. Or possibly D&D?

4. How much do you love me?
Oh!.. I don't know... We haven't known each other for very long... This is all too fast... What will the children say!?!

5. Favourite White Dwarf number?
I'd have to say, Issue 123. It was the first that I actually bought as a kid and I read it to death. A friend bought me a new copy of it recently as a gift when I told him about how much I loved it.

6. Are you going to the Oldhammer Weekend?
Unfortunately that's a no. I don't have the time, resources, army, travel etc for such an outing. It does sound pretty awesome though.

8. Have you been to Warhammer World?
No, but it is on my wish-list.

7. Favourite adult beverage?
Hobgoblin real ale from the Wychwood brewery, Guinness, Kraken black spiced rum, La Fey Absinthe , a nice glass of Cabernet sauvignon.

9. What do you love about Oldhammer/Retro Gaming?
I think that a lot of older gaming systems just felt a lot better to play. The backgrounds were usually a little more open allowing you to make your own stamp on the setting. Miniatures, Art and writing of the time just had more character and were a lot more appealing than what now feels to be diluted and mass marketed/produced. And nostalgia is a big part too, it brings back a lot of happy/wonderful memories.

10. How much have you spent on your hobby in the last 5 years?
I don't know! I don't want to know! And I definitely wouldn't write it down here if I did know, because the missus would probably emasculate me!

11. Why do you read my Blog, Oldhammer on a Budget?
I'm a relatively new follower to your blog, but I like it for many of the same reasons I wrote in the retro gaming question.
Those projects I have read and commented on so far have a lot of character, great miniatures and I like the way you write.

My Nominations:

I found this really difficult to do, it's hard to find a blog I am following that hasn't already been nominated before and I'm not sure I was successful on that count or not. After a few hours of trawling through my blog list I got down to a list that was still far too big...

So I made my final choices in the most fair, scientific and gaming appropriate manner possible...

I let the dice decide...

Sorry for any of the awesome blogs out there that I follow that haven't received a nomination... I found it too hard to cut the list down and it is now down to the vagaries of fate.

Here are my 11 nominations:

I'm going to try and contact the individuals that run these blogs to inform them of my nomination. It's up to them whether they want to accept and carry on the chain.

If they decide to take part they will have the same steps:
  • Give 11 truths about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions I write for you.
  • Tag and link to 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions,who may then follow the same steps.
My questions:

1. How did you first get into your hobby?
2. Who is your favourite artist/s or hobbyist/s and would you like to emulate their style/s?
3. What is the worst hobby related accident you have suffered? (this can be physical or bad paint-job etc)
4. What have you wanted to do in the hobby but have put off for a long time?
5. Would you say you are more a hobbyist or gamer and why?
6. Do you have a comfort zone in painting technique or colours that you tend to fall back on?
7. Do you like to have the right atmosphere when working on your hobby, music, movies, quiet?
8. What was the first miniature you ever bought/painted?
9. What one hobby item (miniature/game system) that's long out of production/rare, would you love to have?
10. What else do you like to do to pass the time?
11. When you finally shuffle off this mortal coil, what would you like to happen to your hobby collection?

So to my followers, follow the links, have fun and maybe you'll find some more interesting blogs to add to your blog-list. If you have the time and inclination there are many more in my profile too that I couldn't fit into the nominations.

That's enough from me, thank you for reading and take care.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Ork Week - Day 07... ish...

Okay, okay, okay...  I went a bit over my 7 days...  I just wanted to catch up on some of the lost time from mid-week.

So I got some paint splattered on the Mekboy and the Runtherd, they're not completely finished but I'll call them at least 90% done. I'd like to clean up some of the highlights, finish some of the details and maybe some tiny bits of wash to define some areas of detail. I also want to tone down the glowy areas on the Shokk Attakk Gun with wash a bit like the Plasma Gun.

But here is the Shokk Attakk Gun Unit. Almost complete, mainly just some clean-up and basing to finish. I like how they look together, so I'm calling it a nominal success. I'd have definitely had them done using the full amount of time I had. As well as the additional items I have below.

When things were going smoothly and I thought I'd have plenty of time, I decided to add to my original target. So I decided to make a start on a Painboy and a Dreadnought for a bit of fun too. At this time they're pretty much at the point I was going in with the highlights and small details. I'm also just waiting on the post for a base for my Dread'.

That's where my Ork Week ended up. I'm pretty happy with what I got done even with the middle of my week getting disrupted. I'm going to potter about with these and get them finished off quickly. They shouldn't take very much longer, a day or so kids willing. But, onto my round-up:

So... Did I enjoy this Ork Week challenge..?

I'd say yes... It was good to just grab something to paint for fun... I've got no army lists or anything in mind right now, but I'm definitely wanting to add some more to this little seed of a Warband.

Would I do it again..?

Most definitely yes! Maybe not dead on the heels of this one... But I've been talking to some friends about wanting to do it again. Maybe other "Hobby Challenge Weeks" can be organised in future.
I think the addition of a loose deadline did a lot to focus me on the job at hand when I did get a chance to sit at my painting table.

My thanks go to ChicoDaSatanic over at oldhammer on a budget for issuing the challenge in the first place and giving me a bit of hobby impetus.

And thank you to everyone that has read and/or commented on the blog.

See you all later, take care.